Whistleblower condemns Foreign Office over Kabul evacuation
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:01:11 GMT
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Ex-diplomat claims string of failings within department led to apeople being left to die at the hands of the Talibana

Tens of thousands of Afghans were unable to access UK help following the fall of Kabul because of turmoil and confusion in the Foreign Office, according a devastating account by a whistleblower.

A former diplomat has claimed bureaucratic chaos, ministerial intervention, lack of planning and a short-hours culture in the department led to apeople being left to die at the hands of the Talibana.

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China attacks US diplomatic boycott of Winter Games as atravestya of Olympic spirit
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 02:49:23 GMT
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Beijing dismisses no-show and says American officials had not been invited in the first place, as other countries consider their positions

China has reacted angrily to the US governmentas diplomatic boycott of next yearas Winter Olympics, as more countries said they would consider joining the protest over Beijingas human rights record and New Zealand announced it would not send representatives to the Games.

Chinese officials dismissed Washingtonas boycott as a aposturing and political manipulationa and tried to discredit the decision by claiming that US diplomats had not even been invited to Beijing in the first place.

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aNot great newsa: US boss fires 900 employees on a Zoom call
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 05:13:42 GMT
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Vishal Garg told the Better.com staff they were apart of the unlucky groupa that would be terminated aimmediatelya

The chief executive of a US mortgage company has drawn criticism after he reportedly fired 900 employees on a Zoom call.

aI come to you with not great news,a Vishal Garg, CEO of Better.com, is heard saying at the beginning of the video call made on Wednesday last week. Footage of the call was widely circulated on social media.

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David Tennant questions Tory focus on aBritishnessa of TV shows
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:01:12 GMT
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Actor asks whether idea means amade in Britaina a or insisting on a acertain political viewpointa

David Tennant has criticised the suggestion by the former media minister John Whittingdale that public service broadcasters should make adistinctly Britisha programmes.

In September, Whittingdale announced government plans to force the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to make more programmes that celebrate British values.

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California officials determine cause of cityas astench of deatha
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:20:26 GMT
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Fire at warehouse storing beauty products caused large quantities of chemicals to enter canal, killing plants

Since early October, residents of Carson, California, have been sickened by a noxious smell coming from the Dominguez Channel that has been likened to aa rotten egga or athe stench of deatha. Now, officials have pinpointed a cause: a fire at a warehouse that stored beauty and wellness products.

South Coast Air Quality Management District, the agency tasked with investigating the foul stench, said on Friday that the large warehouse fire, which began on 30 September and took several days to extinguish, caused vast amounts of chemicals to flow into the 15-mile canal. That spurred a die-off of plants living in the waterway, which in turn produced huge amounts of hydrogen sulfide, a flammable and colorless gas that can be harmful to human health.

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Cabinet ministers mock Daily Telegraph for mistaken identity tweet
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:18:14 GMT
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Publication illustrated health minister Sajid Javidas words with photo of education secretary Nadhim Zahawi

Sajid Javid and Nadhim Zahawi have taken to Twitter to mock the Daily Telegraph for apparently confusing them with each other in a tweet on Monday.

Javid, the health secretary, shared a thinking emoji with a screenshot of a Telegraph Twitter update showing the picture of his colleague, Zahawi, alongside the headline: aOmicron has spread in community, confirms Sajid Javid. Follow our latest updates on our coronavirus liveblog herea.

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S2 E7: Bernardine Evaristo, author
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 03:00:15 GMT
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Next over to Graceas is award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo. She talks about being fed as one of eight children, her bohemian years filled with art and sex, and the comfort foods that have seen her through. She also reveals what she ate to celebrate Girl, Woman, Other winning the Booker prize, and itas not as fancy as you might expect

New episodes of Comfort Eating with Grace Dent are released every Tuesday

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Covid news live: Omicron likely to become dominant variant, Harvard researcher says; France to close nightclubs
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 05:30:25 GMT
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The Omicron Covid variant is likely to aoutcompete Deltaa in many, if not all, regions, an infectious disease researcher says; nightclubs in France will be ordered to close for four weeks to counter a Covid surge

All international arrivals to the UK are now required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test to tackle the new Omicron variant.

The tightened requirements have just come into force from 4am (GMT) on Tuesday 7 December.

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Covid-19: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading? podcast
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 05:00:17 GMT
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Over 40 countries have now confirmed the presence of Omicron. And, in the UK, scientists have been increasingly expressing their concern about the new variant. Some have speculated there could be more than 1,000 cases here already, and that it could become the dominant variant within weeks.

To get an update on what we know about the Omicron variant, and how quickly it might be spreading, Madeleine Finlay speaks to Nicola Davis, the Guardianas science correspondent

Archive: 7News Australia, CBS, BBC

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Patriots complete just two passes but still beat Bills to take control of AFC East
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 04:28:09 GMT
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  • New England Patriots 14-10 Buffalo Bills
  • Bill Belichick falls back on run game on windy night
  • New England now have best record in AFC at 9-4

Damien Harris scored on a 64-yard run in blustery conditions on a night when Mac Jones attempted just three passes, and the New England Patriots shored up their familiar place atop the AFC with a 14-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. Jonesa three attempts were the fewest in any NFL game since Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson went 0-for-2 in a game in 1974.

Defensive back Miles Bryant sealed the Monday night victory by batting down Josh Allenas pass at the goalline with Buffalo facing fourth-and-14 at New Englandas 18 with 1:55 remaining.

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aWe suffered for 66 yearsa: US ends latest Emmett Till murder investigation without charges
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 01:18:39 GMT
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The inquiry was reopened after a 2017 book claimed the white woman at the center of the case lied about Till whistling at her

The US justice department is ending its latest investigation into the death of Emmett Till, a Black teenager who was brutally abducted, tortured and killed in 1955, without filing any charges after failing to prove that a key witness lied.

Tillas family said it was disappointed by the news that there will continue to be no accountability for the infamous lynching.

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Is MI6 fit for the future?
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 03:00:15 GMT
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Britainas overseas spy agency MI6 needs to become amore open, in order to stay secreta according to its new head, Richard Moore. Dan Sabbagh looks at what that might mean

In bygone years it didnat officially exist: the UKas foreign intelligence service MI6 was a secret never publicly admitted. But times have changed. MI6 now advertises for recruits and its boss (still codenamed aCa) has a public profile.

The new person in charge, Richard Moore, has now gone one step further and said in a major speech that MI6 must open up more to remain effective. That means more diversifying of its workforce and an acknowledgement that it must form partnerships with cutting edge tech companies rather than operating only in-house.

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Nick Cave gave me the chance to hear my dadas voice one last time | Nick Buckley
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 01:10:00 GMT
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As my tears swelled with the orchestraas strings, and the crowdas applause escalated, I encountered something miraculous

One month ago in Invercargill, New Zealand, a massive cardiac arrest stopped my dad Richard mid-conversation while raving away to his grandnephew Finn. Twenty minutes without sufficient oxygen left him with catastrophic brain damage. Richard lasted 10 days off life support, but his unbridled enthusiasm was extinguished that day. I thought Iad never hear his voice again a| until I did.

Trapped alone for a week in New Zealandas shambolic hotel quarantine system, the horror of seeing my incapacitated dad through Zoomas digital veil was too much. And receiving only his laboured breath down the phone line made it hard to verbally articulate my love and gratitude a the only way I could was through playing him music. Often those songs were written by one of his heroes, Nick Cave.

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aWe suffered for 66 yearsa: US ends latest Emmett Till murder investigation without charges
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 01:18:39 GMT
From https:

The inquiry was reopened after a 2017 book claimed the white woman at the center of the case lied about Till whistling at her

The US justice department is ending its latest investigation into the death of Emmett Till, a Black teenager who was brutally abducted, tortured and killed in 1955, without filing any charges after failing to prove that a key witness lied.

Tillas family said it was disappointed by the news that there will continue to be no accountability for the infamous lynching.

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China attacks US diplomatic boycott of Winter Games as atravestya of Olympic spirit
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 02:49:23 GMT
From https:

Beijing dismisses no-show and says American officials had not been invited in the first place, as other countries consider their positions

China has reacted angrily to the US governmentas diplomatic boycott of next yearas Winter Olympics, as more countries said they would consider joining the protest over Beijingas human rights record and New Zealand announced it would not send representatives to the Games.

Chinese officials dismissed Washingtonas boycott as a aposturing and political manipulationa and tried to discredit the decision by claiming that US diplomats had not even been invited to Beijing in the first place.

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aNot great newsa: US boss fires 900 employees on a Zoom call
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 05:13:42 GMT
From https:

Vishal Garg told the Better.com staff they were apart of the unlucky groupa that would be terminated aimmediatelya

The chief executive of a US mortgage company has drawn criticism after he reportedly fired 900 employees on a Zoom call.

aI come to you with not great news,a Vishal Garg, CEO of Better.com, is heard saying at the beginning of the video call made on Wednesday last week. Footage of the call was widely circulated on social media.

Continue reading...


California officials determine cause of cityas astench of deatha
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:20:26 GMT
From https:

Fire at warehouse storing beauty products caused large quantities of chemicals to enter canal, killing plants

Since early October, residents of Carson, California, have been sickened by a noxious smell coming from the Dominguez Channel that has been likened to aa rotten egga or athe stench of deatha. Now, officials have pinpointed a cause: a fire at a warehouse that stored beauty and wellness products.

South Coast Air Quality Management District, the agency tasked with investigating the foul stench, said on Friday that the large warehouse fire, which began on 30 September and took several days to extinguish, caused vast amounts of chemicals to flow into the 15-mile canal. That spurred a die-off of plants living in the waterway, which in turn produced huge amounts of hydrogen sulfide, a flammable and colorless gas that can be harmful to human health.

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Whistleblower on UKas Afghan evacuation: main accusations
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:01:12 GMT
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Civil servants scrambling to save Afghans were aappalled by our chaotic systema and animals were put above humans

Damning new light has been shed on the hour-by-hour decisions taken and frustrations encountered by a civil servant trying to help desperate Afghans flee the country in the days after the Taliban takeover.

These are some of the key criticisms made by Raphael Marshall, a former desk officer at the Foreign Office.

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San Francisco restaurant apologizes for denying service to armed police
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 01:38:26 GMT
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Owners of Hilda and Jesse Restaurant say they amade a mistakea after saying weapons made people uncomfortable

The owners of a San Francisco restaurant have apologized for denying service to three police officers over the weekend because their weapons made their staff auncomfortablea.

The owners of Hilda and Jesse Restaurant apologized in a social media post published on Sunday following an outcry and calls to boycott the eatery because the officers were asked to leave shortly after they sat down Friday.

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Nick Cave gave me the chance to hear my dadas voice one last time | Nick Buckley
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 01:10:00 GMT
From https:

As my tears swelled with the orchestraas strings, and the crowdas applause escalated, I encountered something miraculous

One month ago in Invercargill, New Zealand, a massive cardiac arrest stopped my dad Richard mid-conversation while raving away to his grandnephew Finn. Twenty minutes without sufficient oxygen left him with catastrophic brain damage. Richard lasted 10 days off life support, but his unbridled enthusiasm was extinguished that day. I thought Iad never hear his voice again a| until I did.

Trapped alone for a week in New Zealandas shambolic hotel quarantine system, the horror of seeing my incapacitated dad through Zoomas digital veil was too much. And receiving only his laboured breath down the phone line made it hard to verbally articulate my love and gratitude a the only way I could was through playing him music. Often those songs were written by one of his heroes, Nick Cave.

Continue reading...


Covid news live: Omicron likely to become dominant variant, Harvard researcher says; France to close nightclubs
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 05:11:57 GMT
From https:

The Omicron Covid variant is likely to aoutcompete Deltaa in many, if not all, regions, an infectious disease researcher says; nightclubs in France will be ordered to close for four weeks to counter a Covid surge

All international arrivals to the UK are now required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test to tackle the new Omicron variant.

The tightened requirements have just come into force from 4am (GMT) on Tuesday 7 December.

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Covid-19: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading? podcast
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 05:00:17 GMT
From https:

Over 40 countries have now confirmed the presence of Omicron. And, in the UK, scientists have been increasingly expressing their concern about the new variant. Some have speculated there could be more than 1,000 cases here already, and that it could become the dominant variant within weeks.

To get an update on what we know about the Omicron variant, and how quickly it might be spreading, Madeleine Finlay speaks to Nicola Davis, the Guardianas science correspondent

Archive: 7News Australia, CBS, BBC

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Patriots complete just two passes but still beat Bills to take control of AFC East
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 04:28:09 GMT
From https:
  • New England Patriots 14-10 Buffalo Bills
  • Bill Belichick falls back on run game on windy night
  • New England now have best record in AFC at 9-4

Damien Harris scored on a 64-yard run in blustery conditions on a night when Mac Jones attempted just three passes, and the New England Patriots shored up their familiar place atop the AFC with a 14-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. Jonesa three attempts were the fewest in any NFL game since Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson went 0-for-2 in a game in 1974.

Defensive back Miles Bryant sealed the Monday night victory by batting down Josh Allenas pass at the goalline with Buffalo facing fourth-and-14 at New Englandas 18 with 1:55 remaining.

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Is MI6 fit for the future?
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 03:00:15 GMT
From https:

Britainas overseas spy agency MI6 needs to become amore open, in order to stay secreta according to its new head, Richard Moore. Dan Sabbagh looks at what that might mean

In bygone years it didnat officially exist: the UKas foreign intelligence service MI6 was a secret never publicly admitted. But times have changed. MI6 now advertises for recruits and its boss (still codenamed aCa) has a public profile.

The new person in charge, Richard Moore, has now gone one step further and said in a major speech that MI6 must open up more to remain effective. That means more diversifying of its workforce and an acknowledgement that it must form partnerships with cutting edge tech companies rather than operating only in-house.

Continue reading...


China unveils package to boost economy amid IMF growth warning
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 02:32:10 GMT
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Beijing to increase business lending and build more affordable housing as post-Covid recovery falters

Chinaas politburo has signalled measures to kickstart the faltering economy as the crisis gripping the countryas debt-laden property sector continued to play havoc with growth forecasts.

Amid a warning from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that a slowdown in the worldas second-biggest economy could hurt the global recovery from Covid-19, President Xi Jinpingas senior leadership committee rubber-stamped a plan from the central bank on Monday for more targeted lending to businesses. They also outlined support for the housing market.

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